Hoping to do a little focus group research if anyone would care to participate...
I'm wondering if anyone has gone down the road of either offering or attending a genre specific workshop, specifically food photography. I've had the thought for a long time but haven't yet put pen to paper to work out specific details as this idea is still a 'work-in-progress' but I'm getting closer and closer to trying to make this happen and would appreciate your help.
My basic thought is to offer a one day program at my studio, and I'd most likely offer this in conjunction with a food stylist. The program could be anything from 'commercial food photography' to food photography for bloggers/beginners or anything food photography related in-between these two levels. The specifics of the program would be dependent on the level of the group. IOW, once I've determined the 'who' part of the equation, I'll develop a final goal and the specifics steps to get there.
I know that I haven't provided a lot of detail, but for the sake of argument, let's say you were interested in food photography and you came to my workshop. What would I have to provide to make you feel your time and money were well spent?
What's the ideal group size you would prefer to be a part of...is 5 enough, is 10 too many? Some other number?
Are there specific food 'must have's' to be covered...i.e. beverages/ice cream/something else...or does it not matter. Or specific techniques to cover--lighting/camera work/something else? (and this I know depends on what the ultimate level that the program becomes. A food blogger who's interest is in producing and sharing pretty pictures of their creations is less likely to be interested in the same things as a person who's direction is more commercially orientated and wants to learn what's involved in shooting ice cream for packaging).
How much hands-on would you prefer/expect? Or percentage of hands on vs. observing? Morning hours observing/discussing, afternoon shooting your own image(s)?
Cost. While my primary reason for doing this is more for fun, it should cost something. Is there a range that would be appropriate (and admittedly it probably depends on the 'who' part) but is it $50? $100? $500? Something else? Include breakfast/lunch, or bring your own?
Well, if you've gotten this far, thanks...and if you'll participate in my little focus group, I very much appreciate it!